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Volume 52, Number 9   October 11, 2004         

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Textbook order incentives expire Friday
Faculty who submit textbook orders for winter or spring semesters to the Bookstore by Friday, Oct. 15, will receive a $5 gift card. Textbook ordering information packets have been mailed to each academic department. Orders can be faxed to ext. 5-0474, e-mailed to or placed online at:

A Danny party
The University Women's Association invites all members of the campus community to join them for dinner and a performance of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the University Club. Cost for dinner is $25 per person for UWA members (and their guests) and $30 per person for non-members.

"Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," which will be performed by SFSU students in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building, is a two-character play by "Moonstruck" screenwriter John Patrick Stanley. The title character meets a woman named Roberta in a dingy Bronx bar and the two lonely outcasts engage in an awkward, explosive and intimate conversation.

The formal deadline is October 8, but tickets still available after that date will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432.

Defensive driver training
Defensive driver training classes are available from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. To register, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail:

K-8 instructional
materials review

Health instructional materials for grades K-8 being considered for adoption by the State Board of Education are now available for public review at the Learning Resource Display Center, room 337 of Burk Hall.

Forms are available to submit comments on the materials to the State Board of Education. Comments should be submitted by Monday, Nov. 1.

During October the LRDC is open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday; from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and Friday by appointment.

For details, contact Rita Yee at ext. 8-3423 or ext. 8-1497.

Technology in the classroom grants
The Office of Academic Affairs is accepting proposals from faculty for mini-grants and assigned time awards. Projects must involve the use of technology to enhance the delivery of both course content and course-related activities.

To apply, complete the request for proposal form which can be requested at ext. 8-2204, or printed out from the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Web site:

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

For details, contact Kevin Kelly at or ext. 8-6455.

Marjorie Stern scholarships
Application forms for two $1,000 Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarships -- one for undergraduates and one for graduates -- are available in the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, room 484 of the Humanities building, and in the Women Studies Department, room 315 of the Humanities building. SFSU students majoring in any subject may apply, but preference will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. The scholarship donor is especially interested in encouraging women to continue their education.

All applications must be returned to the Women Studies Department by Tuesday, Nov. 2.

SFSU Bookstore 50th
The Bookstore will celebrate its 50th anniversary from Oct. 18 to Nov. 12. Stop by during that time to enter the anniversary raffle, which includes a grand-prize trip for two to Hawaii. Other prizes include an iPod, motorized scooter, $200 worth of Champion clothing and more. Rules and regulations posted inside of the Bookstore. Only current students, staff and faculty members are eligible for the raffle.

Be a Thanksgiving host
The Office of International Programs seeks volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 25. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

To host a student, contact Mari Kusama Hammersmark at or ext. 5-4115.

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Celebrate faculty tenure and promotion
Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotion for the 2004-05 academic year will be honored at a campus-wide celebration hosted by President Corrigan and the Office of Academic Affairs from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the University Club. The entire campus community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For a complete list of faculty tenure/promotions, see:

In Memoriam: Mervin B. Freedman
Mervin B. Freedman, a clinical psychologist and emertitus professor of psychology, died Thursday, Sept. 9. He was 84.

Freedmen was born in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a bachelor's degree from City College of New York in 1940 and then spent time in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system before being drafted to serve in World War II. He served in North Africa and Italy and was awarded the Bronze Star.

After earning a doctoral degree in psychology from University of California, Berkeley, Freedman taught and conducted research at Vassar, Stanford and University of Oslo. He joined SF State in 1965 as chair of the Psychology Department and professor of psychology. Freedman was awarded emeritus status in 1990.

Russian degrees discontinuance meeting postponed
The Educational Policies Council of the Academic Senate has granted an extension to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and will postpone discussion of the proposal to discontinue the master's of arts and bachelor's of arts in Russian degrees programs. The time and date of the meeting had not been set as of CampusMemo's press time.

For updates, e-mail or see the Academic Senate Web site:

Open enrollment continues
During October, faculty and staff can change health or dental plans and enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Forms must be returned by Friday, Oct. 29; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Anyone currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for 2005 during this open enrollment period.

For details, see the Human Resources Web site:

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded $14,463,593 in July and $1,476,077 in the first part of August.

Awards include a series of grants to Jean Van Keulen, Urban Institute, in support of the Headstart and Early Headstart programs; a grant to Frank Bayliss, Biology, in support of post-baccalaureate research education at SFSU; a grant to Paul Sherwin, College of Humanities, to continue preservation efforts in the American Poetry Archives; and funding to support the second year of Lori Goetz, Special Education, in her work with California Deaf-Blind Services.

View the list of grants and contracts:

Bring your child to SFSU

The Urban Institute's Stay in School Family Resource Center invites faculty, staff and students to participate in its annual "Bring Your Child to School Day" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Malcolm X Plaza. Activities include face painting, story time, Halloween mask making, a coloring contest and three-legged race.

For details, contact Stay in School at ext. 5-0410 or:

CFA board meets
The California Faculty Association (CFA) Executive Board will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

The meetings are open to all CFA members. For details, contact the CFA at ext. 8-6232 or at:

Presidential campaign and the environment

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with a discussion of the election and environmental issues from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include Sheldon Gen, assistant professor of public administration, Jason Henderson, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, and Michael Vasey, acting director of the Environmental Studies Program. The lecture series is open to the campus community and the general public.

For details, see:

Coming Up
Health screenings but no flu shots

The Student Health Service will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. Free health screenings will be available. Flu shots will not be offered because of a shortage.

Restoring SF Bay wetlands
Michael Vasey, acting director of the Environmental Studies Program, will discuss "Restoring San Francisco Bay Wetlands: Shifting Paradigms and New Challenges" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in room 361 of the HSS building. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

This is the second event in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty brown bag lunch research series.

View election returns with experts
The campus community and general public is invited to watch the returns of the Tuesday, Nov. 2, election from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Political Science faculty members Corey Cook, Richard DeLeon, Robert Smith and David Tabb will offer real-time analysis moderated by College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Joel J. Kassiola.

Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 5 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Approved the annual Committee on Committees report.
  • Heard a report from University Promotions Committee chair Lorraine Dong.
  • Elected Yu Charn Chen to the Segment II Committee on Lifelong Development.
  • Approved a resolution in support of voter registration.
  • Approved a discontinuance of the Vocational Education program.
  • Heard proposals for discontinuance of the bachelor of science in industrial technology and the bachelor of arts in social sciences

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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